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Sept. 8, 2018 - The National Weather Service said that Tropical Storm Florence is expected to intensify in coming days, become a major threat next week as it moves towards the U.S. coast.
Florence's path continues to be unpredictable, but Wakefield meteorologist Jeff Orrock said that based on forecast and model trends "there is increasing confidence that the East Coast may feel impacts from Florence mid to late week."
Hampton city officials are making plans in case the storm moves this way. Public Works crews will be doing increased maintenance of ditches, generators are being filled, and all departments are making emergency plans.
So far, the exact point of impact can't be predicted. As of Friday, Florence was still far at sea northwest of Puerto Rico, moving northeast at about 7 mph. The weather service, and Hampton's Office of Emergency Management, urges everyone to review their hurricane plans and to check their disaster supplies.
Although the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, September is the most active month. September is also National Hurricane Preparedness Month. State and local emergency management officials urge residents to:
City officials will continue monitoring the storm through the weekend and into next week.